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Below is the PAST event info for Jazz on the Monon 2012

For the 2013 line up, go HERE.

  Cocktail Sax Jazz Band
June 16th

Blair Clark
June 23rd

Slammer Jazz Quartet
June 30th

Monika Herzig
July 21st

Heather Ramsey
July 28th


Carmel, Ind. – The beauty and artistry synonymous with the Carmel Arts & Design District will extend beyond its galleries once again. The popular Jazz on the Monon free evening concert series starts Saturday, June 16th from 6 – 9 p.m.

The Jazz stage is located on the southwest corner of the Monon & Main Street.

Concert attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets, and bike racks will be provided for guests that prefer to pedal and park. Bike racks will not be monitored, so guests should plan to bring a lock to secure their bicycle.

For visitors arriving by car, parking is available at the Carmel Lions Club parking lot, Indiana Design Center underground garage and other public parking areas, as well as on-street parking in the District.

June 16th - Cocktail Sax Jazz Band -
Cocktail Sax Jazz BandCocktail Sax

June 23rd - Blair Clark
More info coming soon...


June 30th
- Slammer Jazz Quartet -

Slammer jazz QuartetSlammer Jazz! is Carmel's premiere jazz combo, playing the full spectrum of your favorite jazz music including bebop, swing, latin/reggae, dixieland, blues, and Great American Songbook classics. Slammer Jazz consists of veteran professional musicians: (right to left)

Jim VanSlambrook (Vibes, Horns, Leader) – a multi-talented musician alternating between the vibes, tenor sax, trumpet, flute, flugelhorn, and trombone. Jim has performed for over 40 years in jazz combos, big bands, rock bands, and musical theatres in Detroit, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and Carmel. He also performs with the Tom Wright Trio and the Circle City Sidewalk Stompers and is a Professional Tennis Umpire.

Heidi VanSlambrook (Vocals) – graduated from Carmel High School and the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Music Education. Heidi has performed with professional musical theatres including Beef & Boards, American Cabaret, Indianapolis Civic, the Boggstown Cabaret and the Barn Theatre in Michigan. She also performs with Charlie's Pocket.

Jeff Kunkle (Keyboards) - has performed with Aretha Franklin, Wayne Newton, The Temptations, The Spinners and The Duke Ellington Orchestra. He earned his Masters in Music Theory and Composition at Eastern Kentucky and has composed/arranged/produced media music and has appeared on national and local television and radio programs. Jeff also performs with the Tom Wright Trio and currently teaches piano, saxophone, flute, clarinet and accordion.

Greg VanSlambrook (Drums, not pictured) - graduated from Carmel High School and the University of Notre Dame, was four-year drummer for the Notre Dame Jazz Band. As part of his career as a high school educator, Greg has worked as a percussion arranger and director. He currently serves as Principal at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School.


July 21st
- Monika Herzig

Monica HerzigIn 1987, the pedagogical institute in Weingarten, Germany awarded a scholarship for a one-year exchange program at the University of Alabama to one of their students, jazz pianist Monika Herzig.  Together with her partner and guitarist Peter Kienle, she arrived in the States on a one-way ticket, with one suitcase of belongings and one guitar in August 1988. 

Since then she has completed her Doctorate in Music Education and Jazz Studies at Indiana University, where she is now a faculty member.  As a touring jazz artist, she has performed at many prestigious jazz clubs and festivals, such as the Indy Jazz Fest, Cleveland’s Nighttown, Louisville’s Jazz Factory, the W.C.Handy Festival, Jazz in July in Bloomington and Cincinnati, Columbus’ Jazz & Rib Fest, to name just a few.  Groups under her leadership have toured Germany, Italy, Japan, opened for acts such as Tower of Power, Sting, the Dixie Dregs, Yes, and more.

Recently, Herzig has been signed to the Owl Studios label and released the holiday CD “Peace on Earth”.  A CD/ DVD combo entitled “Come With Me” was released March 8, 2011.  Her previous releases have received rave reviews.  Thomas Garner from writes, “I was totally awed by the fine musicianship throughout”.  As a recipient of the 1994 Down Beat Magazine Award for her composition “Let’s Fool One” and with several Big Band Arrangements published with the University of Northern Colorado Press, Herzig has also gathered international recognition for her writing skills.

The current repertoire of the Monika Herzig Acoustic Project includes originals and arrangements of standard repertoire, such as John Lennon’s Imagine, Cole Porter’s Night and Day, or Hoagy Carmichael’s Georgia.  The Monika Herzig Trio can be heard every Saturday at Rick’s Cafe Boatyard at Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis.  For current tour listings and sound samples/ videos visit

Distinctive originals and well-chosen standards reveal Herzig's warmhearted, reflective side and her cleverly playful nature.
Nancy Ann Lee
Jazz Times contributor and co-editor of MusicHound Jazz: The Essential Album Guide

“A lovely example of a thoroughly schooled, thoroughly modern jazz pianist.”
Cherilee Wadsworth Walker, Eastern Illinois University

The lady can get down and play! John W. Patterson, AAJ Fusion/ Progressive Editor
Contact:, 812-334-3022


July 28th
- Heather Ramsey -

Heather RamseyWith her soulful, authentic vocals and down-to-earth personality, Heather Ramsey has “succeeded in establishing herself as a gospel-tinged vo-jazz diva” (Nuvo). As a vocalist, songwriter and producer, as well as the CEO of The Midwest School of Voice and Co-Founder of Isis of Indiana, Ramsey has brought her love of all styles of music to adult audiences and young minds alike.

Ramsey brings to her unique sound a long list of diverse influences in music, including such great songstresses as Ella Fitzgerald, Eva Cassidy, Karen Carpenter and Bonnie Raitt, as well as more than 20 years of classically-based training in piano and flute.

Her latest release, Peace Like a River, received international acclaim. Ramsey partnered with world-renowned pianist, arranger, composer and author Dr. Monika Herzig on the project to create an album critics have called “soulful,” “a must-have holiday collection” and “a special treat.” Her previous album, “So Many Stars,” was released to a sold-out audience at the famed Jazz Kitchen. Both are available online at iTunes and

Ramsey’s work in mentorship of young vocalists and accompanists, songwriters and performers brought her to form two aforementioned organizations to continue to promote and enhance the work with and opportunities for the next generation of musicians. Her education experience with such a wide range of genres and age groups keeps her own sound and song selection fresh and current for audiences of all ages. Her dynamic performance style and vocal energy will bring life to your favorite songs, from the 1930s through today!


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